Blazers Burn T-Birds


Ian Henry

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 7-1 Friday at the Interior Savings Centre in Kamloops, British Columbia.


Seattle (16-22-0-1) takes on the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday at ShoWare Center.

Kamloops scored four goals in the first 6:02 of the first period to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

JC Lipon scored 19 seconds into the period and Chase Schaber tallied 13 seconds later to make it a 2-0 Blazers lead.

Colin Smith made it a 3-0 game at 5:03 with a shorthanded goal and then Brendan Ranford scored at 6:02 of the first to give the Blazers a 4-0 lead.

Daniel Cotton replaced Calvin Pickard after the fourth Blazers goal. Pickard made five saves on nine shots and his record falls to 16-18-0-1.

Bronson Maschmeyer scored a power-play goal at 18: 33 of the first to send the Blazers to a 5-0 first intermission lead.

Kamloops (30-10-1-2) outshot Seattle 16-11 in the first period.

Dave Sutter got the T-Birds on the board at 6:21 of the second period just after a power play ended. Colin Jacobs got the puck to Branden Troock in the left corner. Troock held the puck as Sutter pinched down from the right point. Troock made a cross-crease pass to Sutter and he redirected the puck past Kamloops goalie Cole Cheveldave.

The Blazers led 24-16 in shots after two periods.

Lipon scored at 3:32 of the third period and Dylan Willick scored at 7:56 to give the Blazers a 7-1 lead.

The T-Birds outshot the Blazers 8-4 in the third period but the Blazers finished with the game with a 28-24 advantage in shots.

Cotton made 16 saves on 19 shots in his 53 minutes of action.

Cheveldave stopped 23 of 24 shots and his record is now 22-5-1-1.

T-Birds single game tickets for the 2011-12 season are available online at the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center Box Office is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday game days at 10 a.m. and Sunday game days at noon.

T-Birds season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.


First period – 1, Kamloops, Lipon 14 (Smith, Bozon), :19. 2, Kamloops, Schaber 14 (Herrod, Ranford), :32. 3, Kamloops, Smith 23 (Ranford, Bell), 5:03 (sh). 4, Kamloops, Ranford 22 (Schaber, Herrod), 6:02. 5, Kamloops, Maschmeyer 8 (Smith, Lipon), 18:33 (pp). Penalties – Lipon, Kam (hooking), 3:24. Doty, Sea (checking to the head), 6:31. Madaisky, Kam (roughing), 11:12. Machacek, Sea (roughing), 14:08. Doty, Sea (elbowing), 17:16.

Second period – 6, Seattle, Sutter 4 (Troock, Jacobs), 6:21. Penalties – Lipon, Kam (tripping), 4:12. Gallimore, Sea (hooking), 7:20. Machacek, Sea (boarding), 12:08. Theodore, Sea (tripping), 17:07. Balson, Kam (roughing), 17:59.

Third period – 8, Kamloops, Lipon 15 (Bozon),3:32. 9, Kamloops, Willick 20 (Needham, Schaber), 7:56. Penalties – Sutter, Sea (major-fighting), 6:41. Bozon, Kam (major-fighting), 6:41. Balson, Kam (cross checking), 12:40. Hansen, Kam (interference), 15:46.

Shots on goal – Seattle 11-5-8 24. Kamloops 16-8-4 28 Goalies – Seattle, Pickard 9 shots-5 saves (16-18-0-1), Cotton 19-16; Kamloops, Cheveldave 24-23 (22-5-1-2). Power plays – Seattle 0-6; Kamloops 1-6. A – 4,053. Referee – Ryan Bonnett, Trent Knorr. Linesmen – Mike Boisvert, Ryan Dawson.

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